The 2014 NFL free-agency period officially began on Tuesday. As expected, there was a flurry of activity immediately, as teams looked to claim the services of highly-touted players. While some signings have already occurred, rumors of more activity continue to surface.
Some of the hottest names of the market have been linked to certain teams, according to multiple NFL sources. Let's break down all of the latest buzz surrounding the free agents and teams involved.
Where Will Darrelle Revis Land?
The man known as "Revis Island" is reportedly on the Buccaneers' trading block, according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Tampa Bay is looking to avoid paying Revis his $16 million salary, according to a report from Dan Hanzus of NFL.com:
NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are uncomfortable paying the star cornerback's $16 million salary and are open to a trade, according to two sources informed of the team's thinking. Rapoport has been told there are teams interested in Revis, though the money involved could serve as a barrier in getting a trade done.
So, which teams are in play for the veteran cornerback?
According to a report from Pro Football Talk, the Cleveland Browns are major players for Revis. The Oakland Raiders were expected to be as well, but PFT stated that they are out of the running:
Per a league source, the Browns are indeed exploring the possibility of trading for Revis. The Raiders, we’re told, are not.
In Cleveland, Revis would be reunited with former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who’s now the head coach of the Browns.
Whoever trades for Revis would have to take him at his current contract. He won’t take a pay cut to facilitate a trade.
The Buccaneers are expected to make trade or cut Revis by 4:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday. After that, he’s owed a $1.5 million roster bonus, and the 2014 draft pick to complete the trade from the Jets upgrades from a fourth-round pick to a third-round pick.
However, a conflicting report was announced on Tuesday via a tweet from Vic Tafur:
#Raiders are strong players in Darrelle Revis sweepstakes, along with Browns, according to league sources— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) March 11, 2014
As PFT mentioned, we may have to wait until Wednesday to see how this all plays out. For now, the Browns and Raiders appear to be knocking on the door.
Jermichael Finley Draws Interest from Seahawks
Rob Demovsky tweeted on Tuesday that former Packers tight end Jermichael Finley was headed to Seattle to be examined by Seahawks doctors:
Am told @JermichaelF88 is on his way to Seattle this evening. The Seahawks doctors will examine him in the morning.— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) March 11, 2014
This is not surprising, as the Seahawks could use an upgrade at the tight end position. Finley was productive while in Green Bay, recording 93 and 88 receptions in his last two full 16-game seasons.
Last year, he only played in six games after suffering a career-threatening spinal injury. If Finley passes his exam with flying colors, he would be a nice addition on a dynamic Seattle offense.
Karlos Dansby to the Browns?
The Browns already look to be major players in free agency, as they are linked with several defensive players. The latest has been linebacker Karlos Dansby, according to a tweet from Ian Rapoport:
Dansby would be a great addition for a Browns team that struggled in the highly-competitive AFC North last season. After a productive 2013 season with the Cardinals in which Dansby recorded 122 tackles, 6.5 sacks and four interceptions, he could be in line for some big money in Cleveland.
A later tweet from Kent Somers announced that the Browns and Dansby effectively agreed to terms:
don't know if this has been out there since twitter broke. hearing Dansby to Browns, 4yrs/$24m. $10m year 1, $14m guaranteed.— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) March 11, 2014
Devin Hester Drawing Interest from Chiefs
NFL return specialist Devin Hester has been linked to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to a tweet from Terez A. Paylor:
A person with knowledge of the situation tells me the #Chiefs indeed have interest in Devin Hester. But a lot of teams do.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) March 11, 2014
Hester would be a nice addition for Kansas City, as the team currently lacks depth at the wide receiver position and could use more depth in the return game.
Depending on the price, Hester could bolster a Chiefs team that looks to make a second consecutive trip to the playoffs in 2014.